Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Two Harbors corridor study

Lake County

Summary of work

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Two Harbors project.

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MnDOT is currently conducting a corridor study along Hwy 61 through Two Harbors. We will be working with the community to identify multiple improvement aspects of the corridor. Construction is planned for 2025-26.

Project maps

View proposed layout designs of the corridor project.

Corridor study objectives

  • Identify opportunities to improve the safety, mobility and operation of Hwy 61 through Two Harbors.
  • Study and recommend access management guidelines and best practices for the corridor to promote safety while accommodating accessibility needs of local businesses and owners.
  • Consider and incorporate bicycle and pedestrian recommendations (previously developed by State) within and around the community and determine where they should be served including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Define necessary Purpose and Need statements for future environmental documentation.
  • Maintain the long-term goals of the City of Two Harbors.

There are many different facets of the corridor that this project will consider (including, but not limited to):

  • Motorized vehicle movements (passenger vehicles and heavy commercial (freight))
  • Bicycle and pedestrian movements and accommodations
  • Parking
  • User origins/destinations
  • Access management control
  • Traffic control
  • Lane configuration(s)

Community surveys

Current survey

Please give us feedback on the proposed layouts with this quick survey.

Spring 2022 survey results

Several roadway concepts were developed for improvements along the Highway 61 corridor through Two Harbors and were presented to the public in the spring of 2022 to gather input and feedback. You can review results here.

Fall 2021 survey results

Thank you to those who took time and filled out Hwy 61 corridor survey in the fall of 2021. Please take a look through the results.

Roundabout educational tools

Roundabouts have become an increasingly popular type of intersection because they improve safety and reduce travel time for drivers. Roundabouts decrease the number of crashes that result in death by 86 percent on average. They also decrease of the number of crashes that cause life-altering injury by 83 percent. Adding roundabouts on Hwy 61 in the corridor will protect pedestrians, lower crash risk and decrease vehicle delays at the intersection.

Below are resources that show how to use roundabouts as a pedestrians and a driver.